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Tips for Preserving Furniture

  • Avoid extreme fluctuations in heat and humidity
  • When possible, protect from light, such as direct sunlight from a window
  • Protect from liquids and heat (on tables, use coasters and insulated trivets)
  • Use care when moving furniture. Maintain a firm grip and do not wear gloves
  • Hold and carry the piece at its strongest part—hold a chair by the seat rail (not its back or by the hand rail) and hold a table by its apron (not its top or legs)
  • Use a soft damp cloth to remove dust instead of furniture polish and feather dusters

Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, Furniture Care and Handling.

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